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Dollar Store, Take It or Leave It

February 19th, 2017 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Cleaning | Health

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The Dollar Store, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores are found close to most neighborhoods. All offer a great variety of merchandise at low prices.

They are able to sell overstocks, seasonal merchandise ,discontinued items, and underachieving merchandise, Some items are manufactured for their stores.

 

Before we dive into specific items; watch for coupons to increase savings. So, if you shop carefully, you can score some items of value while saving money. However. Sometimes for just a few cents more, you may get a higher quality item from Wal-Mart or Target.

Products there still fall under Federal guidelines and safety and manufacturing regulations

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Let’s begin with items that are good values at the Dollar Store The first item is fresh bread. They get deliveries daily. If you shop earlier in the day you’ll find it there.  These items are a staple in many homes.

Frozen and refrigerated foods are value items. While this item is your best bet, canned soups, chips, nuts, and snack foods are worth checking out.

 

Baby items are value priced. Since baby food has an expiration date, watch the expiration dates. In addition.buy baby wipes and baby diapers here, These items don’t expire, so you can stock up.

 

Next is the paper products aisle you will find an array of value-priced selection of items. It is hard to go wrong with paper towels and napkins.
Plastic baggies are low-priced too.

Close to this, is the pet section, Pet food, toys, and collars are low-priced things to look for, We are always stopping by to pick up cat treats, which our cat loves.

Paper goods, like moving supplies, and tape, labels, and packing, materials
Are low-priced bargains found at the Dollar Store. Close to this area, you will find various craft supplies. The selection changes with the season. Office and mailing supplies are close to this area.

Next, moving on to the pharmacy aisle there are bandages, tape, gauze and some cold medicines, and pregnancy test kits, These are often reduced in price. Most of these items are overstocks or discontinued items. Perfect for stocking a first aid or travel kits. In this area, you will find a variety of personal care items along with cosmetic items. Often you may find the same items found at Target or Wal-Mart, Once again, don’t forget to check your coupons,

That concludes our Dollar Store tour of “must have” items.  The Dollar Store, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores are found close to most neighborhoods. All offer a great variety of merchandise at low prices. They are able to sell overstocks, seasonal merchandise discontinued items, and underachieving merchandise, Some items are manufactured for their stores. Before we dive into specific items; watch for coupons to increase savings. So, if you shop carefully, you can score some items of value while saving money. However. Sometimes for just a few cents more, you may get a higher quality item from Wal-Mart or Target.
Products there still fall under Federal guidelines and safety and manufacturing regulations.

 

 

That concludes our Dollar Store tour of “must have” items. However , there are things you should avoid here. Let’s explore those,

Now we discuss a few items that can be found cheaper elsewhere, don’t last, too fragile, or dangerous to small children.,

Be extra cautious with Dollar Store toys. Your child may be clamoring for toys while you are shopping, but beware of small parts, and cheaply made plastic items. Also, unless labeled otherwise, these toys should not be put in the mouth. Many are simply not worth a dollar.

While we are concerned about cheaply made plastics, do not buy kitchen tools here. They break, melt easily and could cause an accidental kitchen spill. They may cost a little more at other stores, but you get what you pay for. Be careful buying any type container or serving pieces too.

Unless they are labeled as food safe, I would avoid them. Don’t buy knives
Or tools here. The knives are dull and tools may snap in two when force is applied. These are also items best bought elsewhere for safety reasons.

Electronics are not warranted here, Many are refurbished items, or packages that have been opened. Chargers tend to peel apart apar and cords fray quickly. Cell phone cases are of poor quality and break easily. This leads us to batteries. They do not last very long and are not dated so you have no idea of quality being sold. I would purchase a name brand battery for a little more money anytime.

With the cleaning products you will often see spray bottles for a dollar. It’s like the old saying that if something seems to be too good to be true, it usually is. These spray bottles leak and are easily discolored by fluids. I don’t trust them and therefore avoid them.

Which brings me to another popular children’s item, crayons. These off-brand crayons don’t mark well on paper. They break easily and sometimes they quit marking altogether. Results in a disappointed child. Stick to Crayola brand because they never have these defects,

The final thing I refuse to buy at Dollar Tree is chocolate candy. If it is packaged in a see-thru bag, you might be okay. However, if the bag is covered you can’t be sure of product freshness, or the condition of the interior candy. Without viewing the product you will not know if it has been squashed in transit, Call me picky, but I just don’t buy it.

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